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Insights: Knowing One's Industry and Life Cycle: by Phil Ruthven

October 2019 Knowing about the industry we operate in, and where it is on its life cycle, is fundamental to strategy and business success. Only around one in 10 businesses in Australia know their industry well enough to carry out...

Insights: The Importance of Organisational Culture: by Phil Ruthven

September 2019 You know you have a great organisational culture when employees and executives turn up to work each day with a smile on their face. If this is achieved, it can be added to a business’ intellectual property (IP)....

Insights: The Productivity Challenge: by Phil Ruthven

August 2019 The decline in Australia’s productivity growth over recent years has significantly contributed to our low GDP growth and negligible wage growth. The following two charts outline the nation’s historical productivity growth since Federation (1901), and its more recent...

Insights: The US-China Trade War: by John Nguyen

Ruthven Institute Insights July 2019 John Nguyen, Socio-Economic Analyst As part of his election campaign to “make America great again”, President Trump promised to combat China’s trade practices and remedy the national trade deficit. While the former appears to be...

Insights: Business Taxes: by Phil Ruthven

June 2019 Ever since President Trump initiated a sharp drop in corporate taxes in the United States, Australian businesses have been pushing for our corporate taxes to be lowered accordingly. While such a move appears lucrative on paper, what would...

State of the Nation: Business success and failure in 2018: by Phil Ruthven

May 2019 Business success in Australia is elusive, and has been for a very long time. We have a small collection of world-class corporations, many of which are subsidiaries of foreign corporations, that we will look at shortly. But these...

Insights: The Challenges Outside and Inside a Business: by Phil Ruthven

April 2019 Life and work have become a lot more complex in today’s Infotronics Age, which commenced in the mid-1960s and is expected to continue into the 2040s. This complexity has become especially apparent in the post-2007 digital era, where...

Insights: Governing Australia: by Phil Ruthven

March 2019 A federal election this year creates a potential dead-calm for economic progress until the results are known. With this possibility in mind, it is useful to review the Australian government’s purpose and performance. Governments, comprising their general government...

Insights: Investment in Australia: by Phil Ruthven

February 2019 In the year to September 2018, investment made up a fifth of Australia’s Gross National Turnover (GNT); the balance being in consumption (62%) and exports (18%). So, investment is not a huge component of our economy. However, investment...

Insights: Housing in Australia: by Phil Ruthven

January 2019 Housing is Australia’s single most important resource, accounting for 46% of the nation’s $15.8 trillion value of all assets in F2018. Businesses, governments and householders get nervous when the market becomes discombobulated, as has been the case now...

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